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Atari Corporation (Lynx)
Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari Lynx, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, ZX Spectrum
|Release||September 4, 1989|
|Mode(s)||Single-player video game|
S.T.U.N. Runner (Spread Tunnel Underground Network Runner) is a fast-paced, racing/shooter arcade game released by Atari Games in 1989. The player pilots a futuristic speed bike which can exceed 900 mph through various tunnels and courses, with changing environments, hazards and enemies. S.T.U.N. Runner uses polygonal graphics for the vehicles and track, and is based on an evolution of Atari's Hard Drivin' hardware.
S.T.U.N. Runner's elaborate cabinet was designed to resemble the craft that the player pilots in-game. The player straddles a red S.T.U.N. bike with the flight yoke-style controls immediately in front. Twin triggers fire laser cannons mounted atop the craft, and the Start buttons double as the triggers for the Shockwave "smart bomb" weapon.
The final goal is to reach the "Ultimate Challenge", an endless race filled with surprises, where the player must simply get as far as possible in the allotted time. Markers on the Ultimate Challenge course show the names of the five players who have traveled the farthest, who are tracked independently of the game's traditional high score table.
A version for the Atari Lynx was published by Atari Corporation in 1991. This version relies on 2D hardware scaling techniques to generate the effect of fully 3D levels. All other objects are scaled 2D sprites.
S.T.U.N. Runner is included in Midway Arcade Treasures 3 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. It was also released for Microsoft Windows as part of Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition in 2006.
- Game info, Midway Arcade Treasures 3
- Manual, Midway Arcade Treasures 3